Three earn weekly College Football Performance Awards
Oct. 30, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- A trio of Texas Longhorns football players received recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for their accomplishments in week eight against Kansas. Sophomore DE Jackson Jeffcoat and junior DE Alex Okafor were both selected for Honorable Mention Defensive Lineman of the Week, and freshman CB Quandre Diggs was selected as Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week.
Jeffcoat posted a career-high three tackles for loss in the game to give him seven this season. He finished the game with 4 tackles, a sack, three TFL, two quarterback pressures and one pass break up. For the season, Jeffcoat has 26 tackles (13 solo), seven TFL, one sack, two PBU and five quarterback pressures.
Okafor tallied his team-high third sack of the season and forced a fumble on the same play on Saturday. He had two forced fumbles in the game, the first two of the season for him. He now has four career forced fumbles. Through seven games this season, Okafor has 23 tackles(8 solo), seven TFL, three sacks, two PBU, seven quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Diggs, a true freshman, recorded his second interception of the season. His first interception came against BYU. The two interceptions are tied for the team-high with DB Adrian Phillips. Diggs recorded a game-high five tackles against Kansas with two TFL, one INT and one pass break up. In 2011, Diggs has 23 tackles (14 solo), three TFL, two INTs, six pass break ups and two forced fumbles.
The trio helped the Texas defense hold Kansas to 46 total yards on the night including minus -2 yards rushing. The negative two yards rushing allowed is tied for the 20th best performance since 1944. The 46 yards of total offense is the second-lowest by a Texas opponent since 1944. The Longhorns held Southwestern to 37 yards in 1944.
Kansas entered the game averaging 188.0 rushing yards per game. The Longhorns' defense held them to negative two yards on 20 carries, 190 below the average. The Jayhawks were also held to just 46 total yards which is 359.3 below their average. UT held Kansas to 36 total plays which is the fewest plays allowed in Big 12 conference play history. The previous low was 44 by Kansas State against Tennessee Tech on Sept. 26, 2009.